There seems to be a certain formula to Smith's books: In Happy, there's a mix-up in email addresses that brings the two main characters together, while in Love at First Sight, it's a meet-cute in an airport after a missed flight. Similarly, the two protagonists of Geography encounter one another for the first time in a hot, stalled elevator in the midst of a New York City blackout.
Shortly after Owen and Lucy get out of the elevator, though, they go their separate ways--and those prove to be radically separate, with many moves and changes on both their parts--but they manage to keep an at times tenuous connection going, despite everything. There is doubt and confusion about how the other person feels and what he or she wants; but they both hold the night of the elevator as a special turning point in their lives and hope that it will turn out to be more than just an accidental meeting, soon forgotten.
There are some unbelievable aspects--not with the relationship between the two of them, but rather with their respective family situations--but in the main, I enjoyed the pacing, the dialogue, and the storytelling. And the famous star at the center of Paris makes another appearance here (it last played a significant role in Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins). Bottom line: Who doesn't love a book that includes Paris?
Over all, this was a sweetly romantic book that held my attention. I will look back on its characters with gentle fondness rather than with great enthusiasm, but it definitely hooked me from the beginning. Fans of Stephanie Perkins would probably enjoy it, and vice versa!